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« on: November 19, 2008, 08:03:03 AM »

Hello Everyone,

I'm really trying to get started in this podcasting thing and on of the first things I'd like to try is to record a Skype interview on my MacBook.  

I'm hoping to get started by creating some short shows and see how it goes before I invest in equipment (unless I get a sponsor).  Smiley

Thanks,

Jim

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 09:55:39 AM »

Jim as you may be aware, I typically suggest using a MixMinus solution with a microphone, mixer, and digital audio recorder to record Skype calls. 

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by another widely known podcast consultant.  He has always consulted podcasters to do just what you are asking, using a software package to record the call.  He called me via skype and as I always do, I made sure to record everything on my end using the mixer, mixminus and digital audio recorder.

Here's what happened.

1) He called me on Skype

2) We had a great connection

3) I told him I was going to record on my end as well

4) I asked him how he was going to record, just to compare notes

5) He said he knows that I prefer non-software based recording for interviews but found that Audio Hijack works well for him.

6) He started the interview with me.

7) Five minutes into the interview, he got the spinning beach ball on the audio hijack software that he was using to record our interview.

8 ) He asked if he could call me back after he rebooted his system.

9) He called me back about 4 minutes later

10) We started the interview over from scratch (ALL THIS BEING RECORDED ON MY END PERFECTLY)

11) Several minutes into the 2nd attempt, his recording software crashed again.

12) He told me that this had only happened to him once or twice in the past, but "worked most of the time."

13) He asked if I would be willing to send of "MY RECORDING" of the interview to him for him to release in his podcast.

14) I was happy to do so.

15) We started the interview a third time and actually went all the way through.

16) After we were done, I transferred the recording to my computer.

17) I cut out the first EIGHTEEN MINUTES of the recording where he had issues with his recording setup for the intervew

18) I re-saved the audio file

19) I uploaded the file to my server and sent him and email with a link

20) He put the interview with me in his podcast and I have gained no less than 2,000 new listeners as a result of the interview and sold more than $9,000 dollars in podcast equipment as a result of the interview.

21) Imagine how much potential gain would have been lost for me if he were to rely on that recording solution and had to "reschedule" for another time, only to be lost in a sea of other to do items that might pull him in other directions.

I have about 19 other stories JUST LIKE THAT ONE from people I've done consulting for.  The thing is, I put up with a lot of his technical issues because I'm in the business and I know what it takes to pull something like this off.  Not everyone we interview will put up with 18 minutes of fooling with technology to get it right, or not get it at all.  Those folks will not likely allow you a reschedule.

Worst stories are those where the software program INDICATED THAT IT WAS RECORDING PERFECTLY only to find out that after the podcaster just recorded the MOST AMAZING INTERVIEW IN THEIR LIFE where they got to talk to someone they would have never dreamed possible and had the most amazing 65 minute conversation ever, only to learn that either A, there was NO AUDIO recorded what so ever, or B, there was a huge screeching HISSSSSSSSSS through the whole recording, making it unbearable to listen to.

In my opinion, I'm not happy with doing exciting and important interviews that are hard to come by and depending on software recorders that only work 87% of the time.


However, I understand your question as you want to start out doing this without the investment in the equipment up front...


There are a bunch of solutions for the Mac:
Audio Hijack
http://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijack/

Call Recorder
http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

Nicecast
http://www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/

WireTap Pro
http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/



Here are solutions for the PC
Freecorder
http://applian.com/sound-recorder/

Hot Recorder
http://www.hotrecorder.com/

i-Sound
http://www.abyssmedia.com/

KishKish
http://www.kishkish.com/

Pamela
http://www.pamela-systems.com/

PowerGramo
http://www.powergramo.com/

Total Recorder
http://www.highcriteria.com/
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 10:49:21 AM »

Wow Cliff.  This is the most extensive list I've ever seen on the Skype Call Recording process.  I am saving this to my hard drive for reference.  Thanks for putting this together for Jim (and the rest of us).

For now, I'm still using Audio HiJack to record my Skype-cast episodes of Wayne's Take on FRiNGE.  Aside from some minor sound level discrepancies, it is super easy to use!
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008, 10:57:20 AM »

Wow Cliff.  This is the most extensive list I've ever seen on the Skype Call Recording process.  I am saving this to my hard drive for reference.  Thanks for putting this together for Jim (and the rest of us).

For now, I'm still using Audio HiJack to record my Skype-cast episodes of Wayne's Take on FRiNGE.  Aside from some minor sound level discrepancies, it is super easy to use!

And I certainly do hope it will continue to perform well for you...
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008, 12:37:05 PM »

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And I certainly do hope it will continue to perform well for you...
During Thanksgiving break I'm going to try running it all through my awesome mixer (from http://PodcastAnswerMan.com), and maybe try recording my own side of the skype call through my Heil PR-40 into my Zoom H-4.    Thanks Cliff.   Wayne
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2008, 07:18:32 PM »

I just recorded my first podcast today via skype with 2 other people in a conference call. I notice with them using the headset mics the sound is really low and not a full detail like what I have with my C01U Samson. I had to bump up the volume on the other mics by 6db in audacity to get it up to a good level. But the odd thing is, I was talkign to them in skype and everythign sounded nice and clear and nice. Not sure why it changed in the recording and was lower. Any ideas? Using Pam Recorder.

http://www.behindthecameratalk.com/?p=43
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2008, 09:29:56 PM »

I would highly recommend using the free Levelator from http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/levelator .  Just drag your .WAV file into it and it does a great job of raising and leveling all the sound levels.   Wayne
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2008, 05:46:54 PM »

Funny you mentioned this, i was listening to a Podcast for Dummies broadcast from Itunes and they recommended the same thing. Downloaded the program, pretty cool!
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008, 10:49:42 AM »

Lately I've simplified my method on the Mac to the following:
- Install Skype (free)
- Plug in my Logitech headset ($30)
- Install Audio Hijack Pro from Rogue Amoeba ($32)

This is a very portable solution -- take the Macbook and headset anywhere with a decent Internet connection and record 1:1 or conference calls to my hard drive. Downside is I can't mix/adjust levels and it's difficult for me to bring other audio sources into the call.

A better/more professional way...

My recording partner for TheDaddyDialogues.com has a more elaborate setup. He's recording our Skype calls to an Zoom H4 using a Mix Minus as Cliff described. Benefits:
- The quality is much better.
- He can queue up pre-recorded files to play during our call.
- We record in one session with no post production.

Another alternative...
Early on we recorded our respective sides and then merged the two files in post-production. Good quality but more work. Plus if something went wrong on one end, we might lose one side of the conversation.

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2008, 10:43:17 PM »

I just recorded my first podcast today via skype with 2 other people in a conference call. I notice with them using the headset mics the sound is really low and not a full detail like what I have with my C01U Samson. I had to bump up the volume on the other mics by 6db in audacity to get it up to a good level. But the odd thing is, I was talkign to them in skype and everythign sounded nice and clear and nice. Not sure why it changed in the recording and was lower. Any ideas? Using Pam Recorder.

http://www.behindthecameratalk.com/?p=43


It's because recording software is not recording what you are hearing.  It's just one of the many reasons why I suggest recording off to a device out of your mixer.. Then you can monitor exactly what is going into the recording.. No guess work involved.

Otherwise it is a LOT of trial and error.
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008, 10:48:46 PM »

My recording partner for TheDaddyDialogues.com has a more elaborate setup. He's recording our Skype calls to an Zoom H4 using a Mix Minus as Cliff described. Benefits:
- The quality is much better.
- He can queue up pre-recorded files to play during our call.
- We record in one session with no post production.

PREACH IT BROTHER!!!  I'm LOVING WHAT I'M HEARING!!!!!



Another alternative...
Early on we recorded our respective sides and then merged the two files in post-production. Good quality but more work. Plus if something went wrong on one end, we might lose one side of the conversation.

This is by far THE BEST audio quality available.  It is also the MOST LABOR INTENSIVE post production you'll over do.  I've certainly done my share of these.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2009, 10:51:15 AM »

If I have a Skype conference call does Skype allow any method of splitting the Skype signals into separate audio tracks, one for each Skype participant?
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2009, 02:11:45 PM »

Wayne,

If you use the callburner download (free for 30? days, and then free to use if everyone being recorded has the program installed, and not too expensive otherwise) http://www.callburner.com/, you can opt to record... a single .wav of the call plus "each side as a separate .wav file.

I know it works fine for 2 person calls, don't know about more than 2, but support information online is pretty good for it.

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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 02:28:43 PM »

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Thanks Scott!  I WILL check that out FOR SURE!  Wayne
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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2009, 03:21:30 PM »

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I checked out CallBurner, but I could only find a Windows download at this time.  I've asked them to let me know when they have a Mac version.  I may need to get a Windows XP disc and run boot camp or parallels.

In the meantime, is there any other way, outside of Mix-Minus, to split the Skype signal, so that my co-host on Skype could go out as one audio file (without my voice)?
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